Tag Archives: charity

Charity begins at the IRS

The head of the US tax agency has quit after it emerged his staff singled out conservative groups for extra scrutiny, President Barack Obama has announced. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had asked for and accepted the resignation of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Acting Commissioner Steve Miller, he said. “I will do everything in my power […]

What Would Joseph Kony Do?

What would Joseph Kony do If he were here right now? He’d burn a blond gay muppet or two, That’s what Joseph Kony’d do. Last week, it emerged that the M25 — for those not in the know, the ‘London Orbital’ and Britain’s biggest carpark — was turning into a tourist attraction, presumably by means of […]

The Begging Letter

Okay, I really have reached the end of my tattered patience. I WAS going to post a thoughtful piece about the market clearing rate/efficiency wages and the Conservative MP who told the commons recently that disabled people are not as productive as their ‘normal’ colleagues and therefore ought to be free to accept less than […]

Charitable purposes and political purposes – the High Court forges a new approach

As I’ve explained in a previous post, for a trust with a purpose to be valid, it has to establish that it has a “charitable purpose”. But the whole charities issue is complicated by another factor. One of the very large perks of charitable status is that charities get tax benefits. This is an important […]

Wouldn’t it just?

Five cases of cholera have been detected in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, the UN says, amid an outbreak that has killed more than 200 people… More than a million survivors of Haiti’s devastating January earthquake are crowded into tent cities around Port-au-Prince with poor sanitary conditions and little access to clean drinking water. Those in the […]

By Toutatis! Druidry recognised as religion deserving of charitable status

People sometimes ask me what I teach in Trusts law. Among other things, I teach about charities and the requirements for establishing that a charitable trust has an allowed “charitable purpose”. One of the four charitable purposes under the common law is advancement of religion. Generally, the common law assumes that some religion is better […]

A world without monotheism

I originally posted this comment to the Richard Dawkins forum (which gets rather bitter and nasty over time). I’m writing a novel based around the issue now, but the question originally came from one of my students. ——————————— This topic came up when I googled the question ‘what would civilisation look like without monotheism? I […]